The first day of DC Fandom just happened on 22nd August, and I’m still reeling from everything that just happened.
A virtual convention which seems to be the normal in a world practicing social distancing thanks to the pandemic. Following hot on the trails of San Diego Comic Con, DC Fandom does not disappoint.
DC Fandom featured everything from online panels, to cosplay, fan art, comics, and even a kids zone. For comic fans, this was as all inclusive as possible.
Here’s everything that happened so far.
Wonder Woman: 1984
The cast of WW84 joined Patty Jenkins to talk about the upcoming movie and share a new trailer. It gives us a great look into the movie and of course seeing Kristin Wiig as Cheetah. This looks like it’s going to have plenty of action, and a lot of funny moments as Steve Trevor is a man out of his time. Although swinging on lightning may not be something I can get behind.
Justice League: The Snyder Cut
Possibly the most anticipated release at DC Fandom. The Justice League movie came out in 2017, a ton of people had a lot of problems with it. To be honest I went in not expecting much. Zack Snyder had stepped down during the editing process for personal reasons, and many fans say that Joss Whedon (who took over during editing) ruined the movie. The outcry was intense and went on till this year. Release the Snyder Cut was a popular war cry for these fans. Snyder has said that the new cut will not be canon to the DCEU. It will be viewable on HBO Max, and will be in four 1 hour installments. Effectively making it a mini-series.
That’s right, a new Batman trailer. No Ben Affleck isn’t in this one. Robert Pattinson takes on the cowl in this Matt Reeves directed journey. Now we’ve already seen some pictures do the rounds, but this trailer does make it look interesting AF. Joining Pattinson is Zoe Kravitz taking on the role of Catwoman. This movie is scheduled for a 2021 release, and has already received the green light for a spin-off tv show on the Gotham PD with Reeves on board.
A new game has been announced from the makers of Batman: Arkham Origins. Gotham Knights is a co-op game starring Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood. All the members of the Bat Family come together to protect Gotham city from the villainous group known as The Court of Owls, and other villains from Batman’s rogue gallery. Where is Batman you ask? Apparently he’s dead. Here’s hoping the Court of Owls is as intense in the video game as they are in the comic books. I’m excited for this one, it looks incredible.
The Suicide Squad
James Gunn went all out with this panel. Every single character was revealed for the upcoming movie, which may include some you’ve never heard of before if you aren’t a big comic book fan.
We’ve got Idris Elba coming in as Bloodsport; Comedian Pete Davidson as Blackguard; and WWE superstar John Cena as Peacemaker.
The Suicide Squad is not a direct sequel to the first film, but will feature much of the cast. It’s scheduled of August 2021.
Here’s the teaser and behind the scenes that Gunn shared on twitter.
Suicide Squad Video Game
Yes, that’s right. They are getting a video game. Rocksteady Studios, the company behind the Batman Arkham series debuted the first trailer for the co-op Suicide Squad video game which is set to hit the next gen consoles in 2022.
So that’s now 2 Batman Universe games coming out.
And this one has King Shark. KING F*ING SHARK!
The trailer looks like it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. Watch it for some laughs, and a surprise at the end.
No trailer here, but we get a very cool concept art image from the people behind the Flash solo movie. The Flash is a great character in the DC universe, having been at the center on many major events including Flashpoint. We see Barry Allen’s new costume which has been made by Batman. Director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Christina Hodson have also revealed that this movie will have time travel. We get a glimpse of what seems to be the Keaton era Batman. Remember, Ezra Miller made a cameo in the Flash TV show opposite Grant Gustin, both playing their respective Flashes in Crisis on Infinite Earths event.
The Flash Season 7
Speaking of Grant Gustin, the Arrowverse hero gets set to make his return in the seventh season of the Flash television series.
The last season was cut short, like many other shows, due to the pandemic. Season 7 picks up where the last one left off, with Iris West trapped in the mirror universe.
This one has been in development for a long time. Dwayne Johnson, (that actor who looks suspiciously like The Rock) stars as the Shazam villain, Black Adam. Adam, in the comics, is the first to get the powers of the wizard Shazam. The greatest hero, turned villain. The teaser features some beautiful concept art by Jim Lee and Bosslogic. It’s been confirmed that Noah Centineo will be portraying Atom Smasher, and we will see the JSA, the Justice Society of America. A precursor to the JLA in the comics. The film will also supposedly include Hawkman, Cyclone, and Dr. Fate. This movie has all the makings of a blockbuster.
Not much has been revealed about the sequel to Shazam. We now know it will be called Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Zachary Levi led the panel in his true comical fashion. He kept telling us that they can’t reveal any details of the movie, which isn’t arriving to theatres on November 4, 2022. But we know it is.
Nothing else left but to wait. Could it feature Black Adam? It should.
Neil Gaiman is easily one of my favourite writers. And after the success of Good Omens, it can only be expected that this will be epic. Sandman and its spin-offs are a multi-award winning series. Having racked over 26 Eisner awards, Bram Stoker awards, Hugo awards, and so many more. But I can elaborate on this in a future article (I probably will). Gaiman provided a bunch of details on what can be expected of the upcoming Netflix series, including that it will be faithful to the comics, but not rigidly so.
There’s a new audio book with a stellar cast that you can dig into until this comes out.
Apart from this, there were announcements for Titans season 3 and Aquaman 2, slated for 2022. The legendary Jim Lee, artist extraordinaire, ran a portfolio review. Wonder Woman 80th anniversary celebration, and even some music performances.
The second part of this event will be on September 12th. Called DC Fandom: Explore the multiverse, will contain a bunch of on-demand panels for fans to choose from. Not to mention a whole bunch of content like Behind the scenes, Artists talking about their journey, more comic news, revisiting classics, screenings, panels, Character spotlights, and a host of other goodies for fans around the world.
Be sure to set your reminders, and set your schedules over on the website.
This is one of those things you just can’t miss.